8 TV Series to Smash This Summer

By Brooke Falvey
29th Dec 2015

The summer holidays are here, bringing with them glorious amounts of free time and sunshine. 

Everyone knows you should stay out of the scorching Aussie sun in the middle of the day... making it the perfect time to binge-watch some TV shows. 

Seriously, who needs sunshine and fresh air when there are so many good shows to watch.

From old favorites to new obsessions, here are our picks for the top 8 TV series to binge on these holidays: 

1. Jane the Virgin

The daughter of a teen mum, Jane grew up determined not to repeat her mum's mistakes. Until, at 23 and while studying to be a teacher and engaged to a handsome detective who respects her decision to wait until they’re married to have sex, Jane is artificially inseminated by mistake and ends up pregnant. To her former crush. And boss. Drama and laughter ensue. Grab your girlfriends and a cheese platter and get ready to giggle.

2. Jessica Jones 

Following the massive success of Daredevil's first season, and based on the Marvel comic of the same name, the story of Jessica Jones is a fantastic action series for men and women alike. And you don’t even have to be a comic book fan! Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter is Jessica Jones, a semi-troubled young woman who puts her super powers to good use by opening her own detective agency. Also starring former Doctor Who David Tennant and The Matrix’s Carrie Ann Moss.  

3. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Bradley Cooper in short shorts. Is there anything else you need to know about this eight-part TV series? Narrated by Amy Poehler, this series is the prequel to the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer and follow the counsellors and campers on their first day at Camp Firewood in the summer of 1981. It also reunites the original cast (most of whom are now superstars) including Paul Rudd, Bradley Copper, Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, Jason Schwartzman and Lake Bell. A Netflix-exclusive, all eight episodes were released on the same day so this has binge-worthy written all over it.

4. Nashville

The genre ‘musical drama’ may not excite you but with its big hair, big personalities and big attitude, Nashville will suck you in and leave you craving one more episode.  Keep an eye out for our very own Clare Bowen (formerly of Home & Away fame) who has shot to stardom playing singer/songwriter Scarlett. Now up to its fourth season, there’s plenty to binge on.

5. The OC

Face it, it’s hard not to be fascinated by the lives of wealthy American teenagers (even if they’re fictional). The 1990s gave us Beverley Hills 90210, the Noughties had Gossip Girl (you know you love me) and somewhere in the middle was The OC. Head back to California and be reunited with the Cohen, Cooper and Nichol families, cheering on resident bad boy Ryan as he shakes up Newport Beach. If the storylines don’t do it for you (teen drug overdose in Mexico, hello!), do it for the soundtrack. Come on, it’s Chrismakkah! 

6. Mad Men

Set in New York in the glory days of the 1960’s, when smoking, drinking and shagging in the office wasn’t just accepted, it was practically a requirement,  Mad Men follows one of the city’s most prestigious ad agencies on Madison Avenue. Men will love this show which centres around the enigmatic Don Draper (Jon Hamm), while women will simply love the flawed Don Draper. If sleeping isn’t big on your agenda, try to watch all seven seasons in seven days!

7. House of Cards

When it comes to political thrillers, they don’t come much more ruthless than the award-winning House of Cards. A Netflix original series, it’s an adaptation of the 1990 UK series of the same name, but with Kevin Spacey as the immoral US Representative Francis Underwood and Robin Wright as his gorgeous but equally ruthless wife Claire, this version packs and punch that will hit you right in the face. Season four will kick off next year so if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s time you visited Washington.

8. Friday Night Lights 

Family appropriate, Friday Night Lights has proved itself to be a heartwarming tale that extends far beyond the reaches of a weekly football game. Every character is complex and memorable, none more so than Eric and Tami Taylor, who strive to make Dillon a better place both on and off the field. Because, at the end of the day, life (like football itself) isn’t about if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. 

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